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June 27, 2004

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Little Steven puts together Underground Garage Festival

New York -- Classic '60s rock TV shows "Hullaballo," "Upbeat" and "Shindig" inspired Little Steven Van Zandt's latest project: a one-day garage band festival featuring the godfathers of garage rock and their offspring.

The International Underground Garage Festival will be Aug. 14 on Randall's Island in New York City. The show will include the reunited New York Dolls, Iggy Pop & the Stooges, The Strokes and Bo Diddley, Van Zandt announced Friday.

"I've always wanted to do a rock 'n' roll festival in the old style of Alan Freed, 'Shindig,' 'Hullabaloo' and all of those early shows," Van Zandt said.

Danes pick former president as Fourth of July chairman

Copenhagen, Denmark -- Former President George Bush has been named honorary chairman of Denmark's annual Rebild Festival celebrating the independence of the United States.

Though the former president will not be attending the Fourth of July party in northern Denmark, organizers said Friday they planned to give him a medal related to the title sometime next year.

Since 1912, Danes and descendants of emigrants to the United States have celebrated America's Independence Day with barbecues, square dancing and country music outside Rebild, a village 155 miles northwest of Copenhagen. Between 3,000 and 10,000 usually attend, Nielsen said.

Marcos objects to documentary

Manila, Philippines -- The widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos won a temporary court order to keep a documentary about her life out of theaters in the Philippines.

Imelda Marcos, who became a symbol of the extravagance of dictatorship with her enormous shoe collection, petitioned the Makati Regional Trial Court to ban "Imelda." She argued that she'd approved the film only as a college thesis project.

A 20-day restraining order was issued Thursday by Judge Maria Cristina Cornejo. "Imelda" had been set to open in theaters in the Philippines on July 7.

The documentary, directed by Ramona S. Diaz, won the cinematography award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Vic Alvaro, Marcos' lawyer, said the former first lady felt the film was full of "malice, inaccuracies and innuendoes."

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